An interesting walk from the almond groves of Murtes. Up through the contorted strata of the slightly grim Barranco Negre to a high “Shangri La” cultivated valley with cherry orchards. Followed immediately by a surprise return to the 21st centuary as the main road and restaurant complex near the Col de Rates hove into view. Superb views back to the Sierra Ferrer and on down into the valley of the Jalon River.

Best done late Feb/ early March or in April to catch either the almond or cherry blossom.
As usual the use of secateurs and gloves is invaluable to clear the path for yourselves and successors.
Not muddy after rain.
55% Tracks, 40% Paths. 5% Roads.

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1 comment:

  1. "take the track going straight on and then zig zagging down the S side of the Sardia valley beneath the Penya Talai, "

    This was a little confusing - better to state "keep to the north side of Penya Talai" as this is the feature shown on the map.

    This track has beet severly eroded by recent flood water and has exposed fossils in the clay as well as destroying the track. It is now quite difficult to walk down, making the difficulty to now be 'medium/hard'.

    Rgds - Phil & Jan Chaney. 965743439. 10/3/10.